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UMES Toys With Privatizing Food Services, 80 Could Loose Jobs

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Dozens may be at risk for losing their jobs at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. School officials are flirting with the idea of transferring the current food services program over to a private vendor.

At this time, that program employs between 70 and 80 people. If the University does decide to go with a private vendor, that company will be required to interview all current staff members. However, that does not mean it's guaranteed they will be hired. We're told that the University began looking into this option several months ago.

In response the University released this statement to WMDT :
"The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) to explore whether it would be cost-effective to bring in a private-sector vendor to operate and manage all food-service activities on campus. Responses to the RFP will determine whether UMES goes forward with negotiating a contract with a private-sector vendor. The university may decide to keep its current system. UMES has run its own food service system since the mid-1990s, which includes student dining, catering and related activities."

 If the University opts for the private vendor, it's likely that the change would take affect before the start of the state's next fiscal year, July 1st, 2014.

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